Birdman ★★★★★

Lighting the touchpaper on this year's Venice competition with maniacal aplomb, Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance (to give the film its full title) is a wickedly subversive, riotously funny intertextual psycho-odyssey that doesn't so much play fast-and-loose with cinematic convention as spit directly into its face.

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